An Invitation to the Opera Author:John Louis DiGaetani AN INVITATION TO THE OPERA presents all the information needed to savor opera's grandeur, drama and exquisite music. This invaluable primer will introduce the uninitiated to the mysteries of opera and help more experienced buffs expand their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the art form. AN INVITATION TO THE OPERA provides an ac... more »cessible and completely comprehensive look at opera's rich heritage and includes information such as
--a retelling of opera's history, from its roots in Greek tragedy up to the modern periods;
--a look at operatic production over the centuries;
--an in-depth discussion of the crucial role of the conductor;
--biographical sketches of the hundred greatest voices of all time;
--descriptions of the fifty operas of the standard repertory.
In addition, the glossary, bibliography, discography, and unique videography round out this invaluable guide to a most challenging and rewarding art form.« less